'Tu Dors Nicole' Trumps 'Mommy' at Vancouver Film Critics Circle

Marc-André Grondin and Julianne Côté star in Stéphane Lafleur's Tu Dors Nicole.
Photo: Sara Mishara, Les Films Séville
Here's a surprise: the Vancouver Film Critics Circle announced their award winners tonight (via HitFix) and the top honours in their Canadian awards went to Stéphane Lafleur's Tu Dors Nicole! Even bigger among the upsets is the coup of Nicole star Julianne Côté in the Best Actress in a Canadian Film category over Mommy's Anne Dorval. Those are pretty big upsets over Canada's Oscar bid (and the performance of the year) considering that Mommy led the VFCC's Canuck nominations, but I'm also happy to see Tu Dors Nicole earn some love this season since it's still one of the best films of 2014, Canadian or otherwise.  Dolan's film still managed a handful of awards including one for Suzanne Clément while sleeper hit Violent, which gets its first crack at Toronto audiences during its Canada's Top Ten run this week, scooped BC honours. This award season is certainly the most unpredictable one we've had in a while and the Canadian front is no exception!

The full list of winners:

Best Canadian Film:
Tu Dors Nicole  

Best Director of a Canadian Film:
★ Denis Villeneuve, Enemy

Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film:
★ Xavier Dolan, Mommy

Best Documentary:
The Price We Pay, directed by Harold Crooks   

Best Actor in a Canadian Film:
★ Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Mommy

Best Actress in a Canadian Film:
★ Julianne Côté, Tu Dors Nicole   

Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film:
Suzanne Clément, Mommy

Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film:
★ Marc-André Grondin, Tu Dors Nicole 

Best Canadian First Feature: 
Violent, directed by Andrew Huculiak

Best British Columbia Film: